Lucy Barney has spent her career championing for culturally-safe health care for Indigenous Peoples. As a registered nurse and Indigenous Lead with Perinatal Services BC, she has spearheaded innovative and successful programming for Indigenous families, including the development of the Tripartite First Nation Doula Initiative to the launch of the Honouring Indigenous Women’s and Families’ Pregnancy Journeys practice resource. She is currently leading provincial work on bringing traditional Indigenous birthing ceremonies into hospital settings.
On December 9th, the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC) honoured Lucy with the Lifetime Achievement Award
for her decades of excellence in nursing and her contribution to health and wellness in this province. NNPBC, which represents all four of B.C.’s nursing designations, recognized Lucy as one of 19 exceptional individuals who has demonstrated excellence in diverse areas of nursing, including research, administration, education and practice.
“Lucy exemplifies kindness and wisdom in everything she does,” explains Robert Finch, executive director of Perinatal Services BC.
“She is a visionary who has improved the lives of Indigenous women, children and families across this province. This award is a true testament to her outstanding leadership in nursing and in health care.”